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I don't have a love child by president

By Sibongile | Feb 02, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

SONONO Khoza has denied having a love child with President Jacob Zuma.

SONONO Khoza has denied having a love child with President Jacob Zuma.

Khoza is the daughter of soccer boss Irvin Khoza, a long-time friend of Zuma.

The Sunday Times reported that the 39-year-old Khoza gave birth to Thandekile Matina Zuma on October 8 - about three months before Zuma married for the fifth time.

"What baby are you talking about? I have two children. They are in school. These are people's lives. Let me be," Khoza told Sowetan yesterday.

"I have done nothing wrong. I'm a grown woman. You (the media) have freedom of speech and I have the freedom to live my life," said Khoza, a banking executive.

But Khoza's colleagues confirmed to Sowetan that she had given birth last year.

The Times yesterday quoted ANC spokesperson Brian Sokutu as confirming that Zuma had paid inhlawulo, a customary remuneration due when a child is born out of wedlock. Zuma now has 20 children with several wives and girlfriends.

Khoza said she had been married to Dennis Andy Goba. They divorced in 2004.

Meanwhile, the ANC said yesterday that Zuma should be left alone.

It said in a statement: "This unjustified attack on the president is disingenuous.

"There's nothing wrong the president had done. There's nothing shameful when two adults have a relationship.

"How does a relationship between two adults become shameful to the people?

"By being involved with any other person, President Zuma is not guilty of any offence or acted unconstitutionally."

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema weighed in, saying it was disrespectful to discuss Zuma's love child, according to Sapa.

"We are Africans. Zuma is our father so we are not qualified to talk about that," he said at a briefing in Johannesburg after a meeting of the ANCYL national executive committee.

The Christian Democratic Party has called for Zuma's resignation.

"Mr President, please resign for the good of the country!" the party's leader the Reverend Theunis Botha said.

"Our country needs a leader acting as a moral compass, not a president imitating Tiger Woods, Bill Clinton and King Henry VIII all in one, and all for the wrong reasons."


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